My House in Umbria

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Richard Loncraine's adaptation of William Trevor's My House in Umbria stars Maggie Smith as novelist Emily Delahunty. After a bomb explodes on a train car carrying Delahunty, she persuades three of her fellow survivors to recover at her estate. The threesome includes the General (Ronnie Barker), Aimee (Emmy Clarke), and a German man named Werner (Benno Fürmann). The four begin acting like a family, which pleases Delahunty greatly. Conflict arises when Aimee's uncle Thomas (Chris Cooper) comes to collect his niece. My House in Umbria was made for HBO and screened at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.


Maggie Smith
as Emily Delahunty
Ron Barker
as The General
Ronnie Barker
as The General
Chris Cooper
as Thomas Riversmith
Giancarlo Giannini
as Insp. Girotti
Libero De Rienzo
as Dr. Innocenti
Cecilia Dazzi
as Rosa Crevelli
Anna Longhi
as Signora Bardini
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Critic Reviews for My House in Umbria

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It is, of course, a tribute to Dame Maggie that we end up rooting for Emily's version of the world rather than our own, and that we would rather live in Italy.

Jan 29, 2018 | Full Review…

The scenery in this film is lush, the acting strong. But the material wanders and falters.

May 19, 2003

A story about guilt, love and happy endings, My House in Umbria is a delightful and uplifting encounter.

Feb 18, 2005 | Full Review…

Thin and uninvolving ... [but] the performances are good in a muted sort of way.

Oct 12, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My House in Umbria

Something about this film was just a tad off for this viewer. Maggie Smith as Mrs. Delahunty is faultless, but the story was maybe a little too pat, the treatment a little too sugary, the ending a little too deus ex machina. One expects a little more from a film produced by HBO. This seemed more suited to Hallmark. Beautiful cinematography, solid pacing, a decent cast, but still something was missing to make this truly enjoyable. I liked it, I just didn't love it.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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A surprising and interesting story of strangers coming together.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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So, I didn't realize this was an HBO movie when I rented it. Chris Cooper is hella annoying in this. Well, his character was annoying, so job well done I guess. The opening scene is awesome, the always watchable Maggie Smith + cool imagery = a winner. But, to me, things got less interesting as it went along. Ultimately, it feels too thin, and not worth the trip. This isn't bad, exactly; but you can pass.

Joey Nevarez
Joey Nevarez

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